June 8th, 2019

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Kaarlo Kangasniemi (Finland) Wins a Gold Medal in the Press Lift


History in Color:


September 26, 1969, Warsaw, Poland – Champion of the 1968 Summer Olympics, middle heavyweight Kaarlo Kangasniemi of Finland wins a gold medal in the press program at the 1969 World Championships in Warsaw.


In 1969, the IWF began for the first time to award official medals for winning in individual lift types. Kangasniemi received the first World gold medal in the 90kg class for the press (175kg) and won a World title in total with 515kg (175+150+190). He also won silver medals in the snatch and cj lifting.


 

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Imre Foldi (Hungary): Going For the World Record in Szombathely


History in Color:

June 21, 1970, Szombathely, Hungary – One of all-time best Olympic weightlifters, legendary Imre Foldi of Team Hungary is preparing to press a new world record (127.5kg) in the 56kg weight class at the 1970 European Championships in Szombathely.


By the end of the competitions of the bantamweights, Foldi won a gold medal with a new world record in total – 372.5kg (127.5+105+140).


He did press 127.5kg and bypassed his own world record by 2.5kg but it never became an official record. At the post world records weigh-in procedure, his bodyweight was slightly above the top bantamweight border line.